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Front Hitch Finished

I finished installing my front hitch. I started out with designing it on Solidworks and ran a FE on it to make sure it was strong enough. My goal what 10,000lbs straight front load and 500lb tongue load. Does the front of the XK frame support a 500lb tongue load? Not sure. Will it support the 10,000lbs straight load, I think it will considering each tow hook is rated at 5000lb. The FE pics show the 500lb tongue load from another thread I posted on.
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Here is the finished hitch and my new heavier duty bolt bars. Grade 8 blots which are longer and thicker bolt bars that slide inside of the frame. These replace the parts that came with my tow hooks.
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Here is the bolt bars installed into the frame and all is ready to mount my hitch.
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Here is the hitch and tow hooks back on the Jeep. Note I had to grind a bit of the rear of the tow hooks to clear a couple radiator bolts.
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Notching of the front bumper and the back in place. Note, I did have to trim back the center rib all the way off after fitting the bumper back on.
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Finished views, note how the hitch really doesn't affect the approach angle of the front. I did have to slot the license plate holder about a 1/4" to set it higher. However do note the hitch is angled up some in the front. I believe the frame of the Jeep angles up some and to level it all out I may put some shims under the front set of bolts.
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Excellent! Can this be modified to allow for a permanent winch location?
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Excellent! Can this be modified to allow for a permanent winch location?
I think it probably could. That is about 120lbs hanging out in front. I have a removable winch, receiver hitch set up and I ran cables to be able to use it front or back. I like the idea of not having it out there in the elements until I decide to use it.
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